Cal vs. Grambling State: What to Watch For

What will we be looking at when the Golden Bears square off with the Tigers on Saturday at 2 p.m.?

Aside from the famed Grambling Band, I'll be looking at two main things this Saturday: First, can this offensive line truly protect Jared Goff? Last year, the Tigers averaged 3.5 sacks per game, and they’re going to bring pressure, even though they've lost four of their top five tacklers from a year ago, when that defense allowed 435.7 yards per game. Cal tailback Daniel Lasco said that Grambling runs a risk-reward defense.

I’m starting to come around on Brian Farley Farley at left tackle. Having Steven Moore on the right side – where he can be an all-conference player – is better than putting him on the left side, where he’s at the low end of average. Farley’s improved a lot, has added weight, and has been more committed to football this offseason.

“They’re a team that likes to bring pressure, but I don’t have any concerns about it," said Goff. "Our offensive line is very solid, and I’m comfortable with the tackles, and guards and the center. I don’t think we should have too much trouble. They’re going to try to pressure, they’re going to try to put pressure on me, but we’ve worked on this, and we’re really comfortable with what they do.”

The second thing I’ll be looking at is, appropriately enough, the secondary. Here's what Goff had to say about facing the new-look Cal defensive backfield, featuring prodigal son Damariay Drew:

“They’ve obviously gotten better. You can see that every day in practice, and their ability to make plays on the ball has improved, tremendously. It makes us better, too. When they’re getting better, it makes us better, and it’s made our receivers have to bring their game to the next level. They respond, back and forth. Guys get better. I’m very, very excited to see what they do this Saturday and the rest of the season.”


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